KC Rising reports no miracles but keeps the faith

About 300 Kansas City area civic leaders are expected to gather Tuesday to hear a progress report on year two of KC Rising, a collaborative effort to improve the region’s growth rate and competitiveness with peer cities.

In brief, there are no big changes from year one in the data that describes the metro area’s output of goods and services, its median household income, and its number of “quality jobs” that pay above the U.S. median.

Compared with 31 cities chosen as Kansas City’s peers based on size, the metro area is settled in the respective 15th, 12th and 12th positions in those three categories.

There is a bit of a warning in the year two report: The Kansas City region’s real gross domestic product grew 1.2 percent in 2014-2015, compared to 1.4 percent in 2013-2014, as noted in the year one report. When measured in terms of that GDP growth rate — a moving average — the Kansas City area dropped from 22nd to 26th compared to its peer cities.

Similarly, the moving average of so-called quality jobs indicated a slowdown, from 1.7 percent to 1.5 percent in the most recent years available to compare, causing the area’s rank to slip from 17th to 20th.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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